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Mapraputa Is
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Early morning I was passing by a Russian Orthodox Church on Geary & 25th. I am starting to get used to this city's beauty, if one can ever get used to it, but this time the church treated me especially mercilessly. It was so beautiful, I suddenly wanted to cry � it was so painful. Now why pain? It never happened to me before... It's like any beauty presupposes a tragedy, it can't exist without one, for it bears its own destruction.
 
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Which city is this in?

For a few years, I walked by the Russian Orthodox church in Hamburg every day, and enjoyed its beauty. It always made me happy, though, not sad. picture picture
[ January 22, 2007: Message edited by: Ulf Dittmer ]
 
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It looks beautiful.

It was so beautiful, I suddenly wanted to cry


hmm... I understand
 
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Yeah, I understand it too.

when I see a photograph of Angelina jolie, thats beauty and when I see brad pitt next to her thats when the pain starts

In the indian context,
One can relate it to Aishwarya rai and Abhishek ( the pain used to be really heavy when salman was around her )
 
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Pessimism plus nostalgia brews disaster.
 
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Sounds sublime (you'll have to click the link to "Sublime (philosophy)" because the uub code flags parenthesis in url's), and probably exactly what the designers had in mind.
 
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I liked American Beauty reasonably well as a movie, but it was the epilogue that really stands out for me:


... there's so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I'm seeing it all at once, and it's too much. My heart fills up like a balloon that's about to burst ...

And then I remember ... to relax, and not try to hold on to it. And then it flows through me like rain. And I can't feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life.


It seems silly to think a movie could change your life, much less the final 60 seconds of one. Still, this comes pretty close for me. Enjoy beauty. Don't try to possess it. Don't try to explain it. Don't worry that it may be gone some day. Just be happy that it's part of your life now. Yeah.
 
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Ulf: Which city is this in?

San Francisco.

Thanks, John and Rajen. So I am not alone.
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Originally posted by Mapraputa Is:
...It was so beautiful, I suddenly wanted to cry � it was so painful...

Isn't that what Paris Hilton says about looking in a mirror?
 
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Map: sounds very tao-ist to me

Marc... Paris Hilton? eeewwww!
 
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Last August, Paris Hilton described her own album by saying, "I, like, cry, when I listen to it, it's so good." (MSNBC.)

So, uh...
 
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Originally posted by Jim Yingst:
Paris Hilton


We'll always have Paris...

Thanks for the picture link, Jim. It looks amazing.
[ January 25, 2007: Message edited by: Ulf Dittmer ]
 
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This man scares me!!!
 
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Nicely architected. I could not stop thinking "three, three, three" while looking at it. Looks like a good tribute to "The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit". Always wondered why the son is frequently depicted by Christians, but not the other two distingushed gentlemen.
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Originally posted by John Smith:
Always wondered why the son is frequently depicted by Christians, but not the other two distingushed gentlemen.
Maybe it's because they would have to spend a lot of time explaining the whole confusing trinity thing to tourists if their architecture reflected it more.
 
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